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    Boy who said he went to heaven admits he lied

    Discussion in 'Debate Room' started by minstrel, Jan 17, 2015.

    Here's the story.

    He and his father wrote a bestselling book about this. Turns out the kid is now admitting it was all a hoax.

    I am not surprised.

    Thoughts?
     
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    He was always either lying or delusional. I really don't know what else to say on the subject.
     
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    Is Malarkey his real name? :rofl:

    It's always bothered me seeing how much money people make with scams like this. It's not that much different from claiming the Virgin Mary statue in your church cries real tears, pass the collection plate, or claiming you know "The Secrets They Won't Tell You" and you sell your book on infomercials, scammers make mbillions.

    I don't have the ethics to let me do it, and it's unfortunate that other people do.
     
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    I tried this trick once. I told everyone that Jesus Christ came to me in a dream, told me the secret to eternal salvation, and that they could learn this secret by buying my book for only $9.99.

    Then I got kicked out of the synagogue.
     
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    I lied, I did try it once. On EBay I said I was selling my Ouija board because it predicted my uncle's death and scared me. It sold right away. But I only made a couple bucks. :p
     
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    What a revelation!
    The thing that really doesn't surprise me is that legions of eejits were prepared to believe the initial version of events and pay for the privilege.
     
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    Poor kid is quadriplegic, so lies or not, I don't feel that bad they scammed money from gullible people.

    And no, it's not a surprise. I actually had a dream where I expressed to someone that I'm kinda worried of ending up in Hell 'cause I don't believe in God. That whoever told me "nah, at least all your friends will be there too, so you'll be in good company."
     
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    Could I get a link to somewhere it talks about that?
     
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    Why am I not surprised (Lemex says, his mouth literally dripping with the sarcasm of that statement).
     
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    Is this a different boy than the one in Heaven Is For Real?
     
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    What I liked was that the publisher has withdrawn the books and all ancillary materials.

    I'm seeing a range of posable figures and a model of the site (a la Tracy Island)!
     
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    Priceless.

    How come no one has a non-fiction book where a kid dies and ends up in Hell, but then somehow comes back and says "Holy shit, mom and dad, we are so screwed."
     
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    And then the parents' reaction when the kid returns would be to look, dismayed, at the sports drink and antifreeze mix they'd been feeding the kid and say "How'd the little bastard get back here?"
     
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    When was it released that it wasn't true I didn't hear about it
     
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    It was a best seller? I knew religion was a great money maker.
     
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    Actually, hell stories are turning up more and more often.
    Google hits for 'man says he went to hell and back'.
     
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    That's because a monotheist wants to grasp on to anything that appears to support their belief system. As apocryphal as it may be.
     
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    This is fantastic.
     
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    ...If I were the kid, I would've kept my mouth shut about it. :/
     
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    The scary bit is that somewhere else on the interwebz a group of people are talking in a forum, utterly aghast, disheartened and despondent at the news of this lie.
     
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    I find that a bit sad because he wanted attention, but not surprised that he lied... or perhaps saw a hallucination and as a 6-year-old child, believed he was seeing the truth.
     
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    Yes, I'm surprised that anyone would take the stories of a six year old seriously. I wouldn't have assumed that he lied, but instead that he told all those stories while at an age, perhaps compounded by a state of health, that limits the ability to distinguish between fantasy and reality. But I never would have dreamed of taking the stories seriously, even if I were religious. A well-respected adult, speaking, in a post-recovery un-drugged state, about his or her experiences? That, I might find worth debating, again if I were religious. Six? No.
     
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    I have always wondered what sense does this make. I have read the bible and I got the sense that no one other than Jesus is going to come back before judgement day.
    It might be that people who buy this didn't find Bible entertaining enough.
     
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